Are you also tired to see beaches covered in plastic? Seeing another video of a turtle or dolphin choking in plastic? And, do you want to prevent that in 2050 there’ll be more plastic than fish in our oceans?
The Bamboovement was founded to tackle plastic pollution and make our planet a cleaner place once again. How? By replacing daily used plastic products with sustainable alternatives. Together with a group of like-minded people we work everyday on innovative ideas to rid our world of plastic waste.
But plastic is being recycled?
Just 9% of all plastic is recycled worldwide. Why? A lot of plastic products are not made to be recycled, like coffee cups, straws, bags and cutlery. Most of the times your toothbrush or coffee cup will end in a landfill, from here it’s a short way to our waterways and eventually to our oceans. Every product of The Bamboovement contributes to making our world a little more clean and beautiful once again.
How it all started
Like many of my generation I felt like a global citizen from an early age. Which led me to take a year off to travel around the world.
I have always been my best self when I am right next to the ocean. Preferably with a surfboard under my feet or a dive tank on my back. On a trip to Indonesia I met Simon. An Indonesian man that had built his own restaurant out of bamboo adiscovering how versatile, strong and eco-friendly it is.
Years later Simon and I ended up working together. In his workshop in Bali he was producing bamboo straws. After setting up a plan to replace plastic straws – The Bamboovement was born.
A Galician seagull
In the summer of 2018 we drove with our van along the coast of Spain and Portugal. We drove around Galicia and stopped at a long stretch of sandy coastline. As beautiful as it was, it was littered with plastic. There was too much for two people to clean up but nonetheless we did our daily beach clean-ups.
We cleaned up kilos of plastic: empty bottles, ropes in all kinds of colors, broken toys. One of those days something pretty heartbroken happened: in between all the beached plastic, we found a dying baby seagull.
The helpless bird was gasping for air and was too weak to fly. There was a little bit of luck: a plastic crate had washed up right next to him…